Good Morning, March 5th 2018,
Today during the Great Depression in 1933, Franklin D Roosevelt declares a bank holiday closing all U.S. banks and freezing all financial transactions. It's the birthday of singer song writer, Eddie "Romancing the Stone" Grant (1948)
Brussels Sprouts. Not just for Golf Practice any more...Rich in Vitamin K and may have anti cancer properties
Although native to the Mediterranean region with other cabbage species, Brussels sprouts first appeared in northern Europe during the fifth century, It's been said (after a few beers,) Vikings used to consider them an aphrodisiac, and the Scot's used them for golf practice...In Brussels they are considered a super food and became popular because they could grow in 45 degree weather. They are rich in vitamin K and are being researched for potential anti cancer properties, they go well with just about anything. They taste really good fried in peanut oil...Served with spare ribs...
Good Morning February 26th 2018
Today in `(1919) President Woodrow Wilson signs an act of congress creating the Grand Canyon National Park,
and it's the birthday of singer, songwriter, pianist, Fats Domino (1928) and Johnny Cash(1932). Who said "All You're life, you'll be faced with a choice. You can choose love or hate...I choose love."
Good Morning February 12th 2018,
Today in 1924 George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue premiers in Aeolian, Hall New York. The show's titled "An Experiment in Modern Music" and features Paul Whiteman and his band, with Gershwin on the piano.
Today in 1947 in Sikhote-Alin Soviet Union, 10:30 a.m. A giant iron meteorite explodes into the atmosphere creating a light brighter than the sun, leaving an elliptical half mile area on the ground, covered by impact craters as large as 85' across, and 20' in depth.
Sikhote-Alin is the only place in the world where one can observe, brown bear, tiger's, leopards, reindeer, and a few wolves (due to the tigers) all in one place.
It's the birthday of Japanese Shogun, Kujo Yoritsuni (1218) who asked and received permission from the emperor of Japan to abdicate his duties as Shogun, and soon after shaved his head and became a Buddhist priest.
Good Morning, Monday February 5th 2018.
Today in 1985, the mayors of Rome Italy, and Carthage Tunisia, sign a friendship pact, and, after 2,131 years, the Third Punic War is officially over.
It's the birthday of American Football great, Roger Staubach(1942), who coined the phrase "Hail Mary Pass", when he said a Hail Mary, before launching a last second, 50 yard throw, to Drew Pearson, for the 1975 playoff win over the Minnesota Vikings.
It's also the birthday of auto racing commentator, and NASCAR legend, Darrell Waltrip (1947).
Good Monday Morning January 29th,
Today in 1845 "The Raven" is published in the Daily Mirror, the first publication using the name Edger Allen Poe.
Today in 1886 Karl Benz patents the first successful gasoline powered automobile.
It's the birthday of Russian physician, short story writer, and playwright, Anton Chekhov (1860). Who said, "The role of an artist was to ask questions not answer them" and spent most of his time as a doctor tending to the poor, supporting himself through writing.
Money Advice for Truckers. Clark Howard is Awesome when it comes to Money Advice And Not Getting Ripped Off.
There are so many websites now days that claim to be the expert on everything from Cell Phones to best credit cards. I've found that it's easy to google say "Best Credit Card for Travel" and you'll get a bunch of paid adds first then You'll get the smooth articles that were built by pro webmasters to give the article a high rating on google search engines. Unfortunately I've found that most of these articles are only trying to sell You the same stuff they are advising You about. i.e. It's not about helping You, it's about helping them. I used to listen to this guy Clark Howard on Sirius when I was over the road. His Mantra was "save more, spend less and avoid rip-offs." He was always answering questions from every day people about anything from Mortgage advice to how to find the best credit card (or which are the worst) I was looking for a better deal on a rewards card for travelers, credit card, and after spending an hour searching, and not finding anything that felt like a good deal, remembered Clark, and found his helpful website. Clark.com. Within 15 minutes I'd found what may be the best credit card for road trippers, travelers, and truckers.
One morning after a hard night out. we had the munchies but instead of a greasy hamburger patty we fried up some portobello Mushrooms instead. Call it the Outstanding Mushroom Burger. Omburger for short.. Turns out mushrooms may hold the key to curing old age (or at least a hangover.) You can read about it here.
Think Real World Transformers....
I managed to last six days at home eating nothing but potatoes. I lost fifteen pounds. I think one of the best things about Penn's Potato Diet is that it takes You away from salt. You would be amazed how good simple foods like a salad with only a little tabasco for dressing tastes after days of eating only unsalted potatoes. Of course, I don't think eating nothing but potatoes for two weeks is very practical for an over the road truck driver to lose weight. For over the road weight loss My Trucker Diet worked great and you're seldom hungry and I never felt like I was torturing myself doing it.
"In fact, exercise helps nutrients diffuse into cartilage in the knee and keep it strong and healthy." Here's the link.
Miso has umami sometimes called the fifth flavor...It tastes GOOD, think chicken soup without the chicken, and it's fermented which means it has probiotics. In order to keep the vitamins and probiotics viable don't boil it. I heat up 16 ozs of water in the microwave and add two tablespoons and mix up. Or go into the truck stop fill your thermos with hot water and add the Miso and shake up for a good tasty broth while on the road. The down side is Miso has to be refrigerated and has quite a bit of salt. Also make sure the bag says "Non-GMO" or Organic. The bag in the photo below doesn't say Non-GMO so Next time I'll be more careful. If You are interested in learning more about the health benefits of Miso here's a link to an article written by a doctor.
Since Green Jackfruit is packed in brine the first thing I did was rinse it well. Then Boil until tender. It took 45 minutes.
Chopped up an entire bunch of Garlic and a quarter yellow onion (not shown)
Five minutes before Jackfruit is finished boiling I add the onions and Garlic to hot pan to caramelize a bit. Dump the caramelized onion and garlic into a bowl and take the now soft Jackfruit, rinse and use a wooden spatula to mash it in the wok. It really does look a lot like tuna (or chicken) when mashed. One Dill Pickle and two to three giant tablespoons of Mayo...I then chopped up half a cucumber from the garden for crunch because I didn't have any celery.
I added salt and pepper to taste...Jack Fruit lives up to it's name and has the texture of cooked Tuna or maybe a bit more like Chicken, and is very neutral in flavor...So it's up to You and what You choose to add that's going to give it the flavor. Wish I would have had that celery or green peppers to add for a little more crunch. However Jack Fruit really does live up to its reputation as Jack fruit of all meats, the perfect meat free meat dish.
I won't show You the photo of me eating it on a cracker because it's supposed to be Paleo AND Vegetarian. But it makes a great dip or can be eaten straight from the bowl....Here's a song about Tuna Fish...Enjoy!
Been trucking since 96. My main interest is having a good healthy life.